For example, Shakespeare makes Laertes look like a "bad guy" because he wants to kill Hamlet but in essence, Hamlet is doing the same exact thing to Claudius. It is as if Shakespeare is saying that it is okay for Hamlet to kill but it isn't ok for Laertes to feel the need for revenge. Hamlet begins a soliloquy with the line, "How all occasions do inform against me and spur my dull revenge!" (Act IV, sc. IV, li.
During the prayer scene, Hamlet instantly draws his sword when he sees the King alone. However, Hamlet does not act immediately because he figures that killing Claudius while he is praying won't be fulfilling the revenge his father asked for. “A villain kills my father; and for that, I, his sole son, do the same villain send to heaven. O' this is hire and salary, not revenge” (Hamlet, pg. 68).
He watched an actor weep and moan across the stage in grief for Hecuba, the fallen queen of Troy, whom the actor had no connection to. In the previous act, Hamlet's father appeared to him in the form of a ghost to tell Hamlet that Hamlet's uncle murdered his father then married Hamlet's mother, taking Hamlet's right to the throne as the heir of Denmark in the process. For this reason, Hamlet believes he has a thousand more times a right to be angry and vengeful than this actor does. Yet, Hamlet simply cannot muster the same anger the actor has nor can he devise a plan that will exact revenge for his fallen father. Furthermore, Hamlet is also rather dubious of the claims the ghost makes.
Hamlet displays his reluctance by deciding to test the validity of what the Ghost has told him by setting up a “play something like the murder of (his) father’s” (2.2.624) for Claudius. Hamlet will then “observe his looks” (2.2.625) and “if he do blench” (2.2.626) Hamlet will know that he must avenge his father’s death. In the course of Hamlet avenging his father’s death, he is very hesitant, “thinking too precisely on the event” (4.4.43). “Now might I do it…and he goes to heaven…No” (3.3.77-79) and Hamlet decides to kill Claudius while “he is drunk asleep, or in his rage, or in th’ incestuous pleasure of his bed” (3.3.94-95). As seen here, Hamlet’s contradicting thought that Claudius “goes to heaven” (3.3.79) influences him to change his plans for revenge.
After Hamlet had the player’s reenact Hamlet’s father’s death, Claudius started to freak out. Claudius started out quietly by having Rosencrantz and Guildenstern bring Hamlet to England to have him killed. “By letters congruing to that effect, the present death of Hamlet. Do it, England.” (4.4 73-74) Hamlet learns of these letters, and instead of showing the letters to anyone else to prove the king is a bad person, he hides it and continues to wait, before killing the king. That seems to be Hamlet’s tragic flaw throughout the play.
In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the main protagonist Hamlet, is presented with the opportunity to avenge his father and kill his uncle Claudius, but in the moment decides against it and further delays the eventual murder of King Claudius. One reason for this decision is Claudius was in the process of praying and repenting for his sins. Another reason is Hamlets mental weakness and reluctance to kill his step-father. Lastly, he wished to retain his sanity and carry out the murder in an ethical manner providing proper justice for his father. The moment at which Hamlet was confronted with this opportunity, Claudius is in the act of praying and repenting for the sins he committed against his brother, the Old King Hamlet.
In his first soliloquy in act three-scene iii, Claudius confesses to the murder of Hamlet his brother. He is regretful because he cannot pray due to guilt, he wants to repent but he does not have the chance. In act four-scene iii he contradicts his previous soliloquy, as now he wants his brothers son Hamlet to die as well, so he decides to send him to
When Hamlet walked in on Claudius kneeling, he is indecisive by the thought of killing Claudius right then and there. By purifying himself with prayer, Hamlet feels that Claudius will not get the afterlife he deserves if he kills
Notably, the ghost tells Hamlet to enact his revenge in the opening scenes of the play; he seems hesitant, as if he questions death for the first time. Hamlet wants to make sure that Claudius did in fact kill his father, so he sets up a play to re-enact the crime scene and to Hamlet’s content, Claudius disp... ... middle of paper ... ...death of him. Hamlet’s obsession and numerous contemplations about death sets himself in the undesired direction of suffering with the deaths of his father, Ophelia and Polonius, all whom he believed were undeserving. His will to continuously get himself into situations that inflict a great deal of emotional stress is astonishing, and his change in attitude about his indecisiveness about murder is not beneficial, rather it kills him in the end. Having a healthy fear of death is normal --one must realize death is unavoidable, while constant thought about death creates unhealthy anxiety.
Hamlet does not strike in an act of revenge, but in an act of anger and self preservation after the murder of his mother. He is hesitant at an opportune time, while the King was praying, for the reason that when committing himself to the act of revenge Hamlet did not fully understand what was being asked of him. That he would not only have to take the life of another man, but commit treason by slaughtering the King. Hamlet wrote a short scene depicting how the late King Hamlet was murdered, and requests that the visiting players preform this scene in the presence of the King. When the King abruptly leaves before the closing curtain; Hamlet believes that it is a sign of guilt.